[opendtv] Re: Let them eat cake (and ATSC while they're at it)

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 15:53:54 -0400

John Golitsis says my predictions are always wrong. A lot have been but 
not on Freeview. From the beginning I have predicted that Freeview would 
be wildly successful but my numbers were always proved conservative. 
Real sales have outpaced every prediction. The pundits in the UK have 
constantly written off Freeview in spite of their accelerating success.

I now predict that this hand held receiver will be wildly successful 
even at £270 and no matter how many they make will be over subscribed. I 
haven't even seen it and the UK is not set up for mobile though Dibcom 
has had success there with diversity reception. For one thing they have 
no SFN capability.

Still wildly successful is the prediction.
More channels moving from subscription to ad supported Freeview.
Further and mounting success for TopUpTV.
Six million receivers sold this year.
Bypassing SKY by end of summer in number of users.
SKY stagnate to negative sales by the end of the year, though they might 
disguise this, and falling real numbers next year.

All in a country that has a 2K COFDM system and an average power per 
transmitter of one kW. That BTW was the ERP power level of our NYC test. 
And now you have Thompson joining the party.

Bob Miller

Mark Schubin wrote:

>>DTV was never  
>>about mobile reception.  It's supposedly possible today in the UK,  
>>but is there consumer demand or product available for this??
> From today's Telegraph:
>"The popularity of Freeview is set to be given a boost with the launch 
>of the first handheld TV capable of receiving the free digital service. 
>Thomson, the giant French group, will launch the Freeview portable TV in 
>September at the Internationale Funkaustellung (IFA) electronics show in 
>Germany. It is expected to go on sale in the UK in time for Christmas at 
>a price of about £270."

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